I have to say that for me and my wife, this last year has been plagued with unfortunate events. Although there was some good things also (getting a job at MSFT, moving to Washington, buying a house, and the list goes on). We have been stuck huge wave of bad luck. Here are the big points (I'm sure I forgot a few things here and there):

  • Early 2004, after moving to Redmond, we decide to go skiing. Although my wife was relatively experienced and it was the first time. She's the one who ended up with an injury. Yep, she got rammed from behind by a snowboarder and in the process snapped the tendon in her thumb, requiring surgery. What makes it even better is that when they took X-Rays, they discovered a bone cyst (which are almost always benign but can severely weaken a bone) in the same thumb. So the surgery ended up being a double whammy. One surgery later, and months of physical therapy, she has regained a big part of her mobility but it was still a painful experience for her.
  • A few months later, my Wife bangs her foot on the side of the bed, breaking a toe in the process. They cannot do much for this, so you just have to suck it up while it heals.
  • My wife looses a crown and I chip my front tooth. Her crown snapped off with its support meaning they have to do a root canal or extract it. Since it was in the far back, we've extracted it for now and will deal with an implant later. On my end, on of my crowns was causing me issues and with some other dental work we ended up having to spend over 8000$ in dental fees. And to make it fun, both of us are still in pain and really don't want to put another 6000$ in to finish the job.
  • My brother-in-law, who lives in the area got married (not a bad thing) but they are now planning to move back to the east coast, they are the only relatives in the area.
  • Throughout winter and spring, both me and my wife caught 3-4 flu/colds. And I have to say, they were particularly nasty this year, requiring steroids and anti-biotics to survive. Probably spent a good 4-6 weeks blowing my nose and a 6-12 weeks coughing chunks :)
  • Around Thanksgiving, I've learned that my mother, who had been dealing with cancer on and off for the past 10 years was given 4-6 months to live!
  • Right before the holidays, one of our cars break down. We're a little strapped for cash with the holidays coming so we leave it as-is. We still haven't gotten around to getting it fixed :)
  • After the holidays, both me and my wife were recovering from the flu. She had a particularly hard time with shortness of breath and some form of chest pain. Initially, they thought it was related to the flu but after another 6 weeks, things were still bad so they sent her to a lung specialist. They did some initial testing and determined it was not asthma and needed to do a few more tests... But...
  • At that point, I get a phone call that my mother went to the hospital and that "she wasn't coming out". So my wish sucks it up, and we both fly back to Canada to be with her. Almost three weeks later she passes away from cancer and being the only child, have to take care of her estate. We get back home 3 1/2 week after we initially departed. And what do we find coming back? A branch fell from a tree in the backyard and smashed our patio furniture.
  • Now my wife is still sick, things aren't getting better however, it seems that the shortness of breath has reduced but the "chest pain" has worsened. They do a barium swallow X-Ray... Test shows that it's not an actual lung problem but that her esophagus is having severe spasms. So we are referred to a GI specialist. The specialist says its not uncommon and that with all the medication and the flu, it's possibly an infection or ulcer down there. No biggie, they will just shove a camera down there and check it out...
  • Well, they take a peek down her throat and all it perfect down there. Apparently, 90% of this kind of spasm is due to a specific cause and is fixed by addressing the cause, well she falls in the 10% that have chronic spasms for no reason. But this 10% usually get spasm attacks which can usually be treated with medicine. In my wife's case, it's every single time she swallow, causing her tremendous pain seriously limiting what she can eat and drink. This places her at about a 1 in 250,000 for these type of spasms. The only real option for this kind of spasm is a specialized surgery, which only a handful of doctors can do. So far it looks like the closest surgeon who can do it would be in Chicago. But for now we have to wait for the results of another test before they can set her up for surgery. So probably another 1-2 weeks of torture before they can do anything for her.
  • And to top it off, today, we learned that my wife's grandmother has fallen down today (she's 92 and its the second time this month) but this time she fractured her hip and will need surgery. So in addition to all she had to deal with right now, she may end up having to go help her mother take care of grandma.

Like they say, when it rains, it pours!!

On the bright side, stay tuned for some good news on monday with a press release concerning my next book :)

Have a great weekend!